Breast cancer mortality statistics

Deaths

Deaths from breast cancer, 2014, UK

 

Proportion of all deaths

Percentage breast cancer is of total cancer deaths, 2014, UK

 

Age

Peak rate of breast cancer deaths, 2012-2014, UK

 

Trend over time

Breast cancer mortality rates have decreased by 35% since the early 1970s, UK

 

Breast cancer is the third most common cause of cancer death in the UK (2014), accounting for 7% of all cancer deaths. In females in the UK, it is the second most common cause of cancer death (accounting for 15% of all female cancer deaths). In males, it accounts for less than 1% of all male cancer deaths,[1-3]

In 2014, there were 11,433 breast cancer deaths in the UK: 11,360 (99%) in females and 73 (1%) in males, giving a female:male ratio of around 1,556:10.[1-3] The crude mortality rate shows that there are around 35 breast cancer deaths for every 100,000 females in the UK and less than 1 for every 100,000 males.

The European age-standardised mortality rates Open a glossary item(AS rates) do not differ significantly between the constituent countries of the UK for males or females.[1-3]

Breast Cancer (C50), Number of Deaths, Crude and European Age-Standardised (AS) Mortality Rates per 100,000 Population, UK, 2014

England Scotland Wales Northern Ireland UK
Male Deaths 57 10 4 2 73
Crude Rate 0.2 0.4 0.3 0.2 0.2
AS Rate 0.3 0.4 0.3 0.4 0.3
AS Rate - 95% LCL 0.2 0.2 0.0 -0.1 0.2
AS Rate - 95% UCL 0.3 0.7 0.7 0.8 0.4
Female Deaths 9,497 966 577 320 11,360
Crude Rate 34.5 35.1 36.7 34.1 34.6
AS Rate 34.5 34.3 34.0 37.8 34.6
AS Rate - 95% LCL 33.8 32.2 31.2 33.7 33.9
AS Rate - 95% UCL 35.2 36.5 36.8 42.0 35.2

95% LCL and 95% UCL are the 95% lower and upper confidence limits Open a glossary item around the AS Rate Open a glossary item

Female breast cancer mortality rates throughout the UK shows very little variation between health boundaries.[4,5]

References

  1. Data were provided by the Office for National Statistics on request, November 2015. Similar data can be found here: https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/deaths/bulletins/deathsregistrationsummarytables/previousReleases.
  2. Data were provided by the Information Services Division (ISD) Scotland on request, November 2015. Similar data can be found here: http://www.nrscotland.gov.uk/statistics-and-data/statistics/statistics-by-theme/vital-events/vital-events-reference-tables.
  3. Data were provided by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency on request, November 2015. Similar data can be found here: http://www.nisra.gov.uk/demography/default.asp2.htm.
  4. NCIN. Cancer Incidence and Mortality by Cancer Network, UK, 2005. London: NCIN; 2008.
  5. NCIN. Cancer e-Atlas. European Age-Standardised Mortality Rates, UK (England: former Primary Care Trusts; Wales; Scotland: NHS Health Boards; Northern Ireland: Health and Social Care Trusts), 2009-2011.
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Female breast cancer mortality is strongly related to age, with the highest mortality rates being in older females. In the UK in 2012-2014, on average each year almost half (47%) of breast cancer deaths are in females aged 75 and over.[1-3]

Age-specific mortality rates rise steadily from around age 30-34, and more sharply from around age 70-74, with the highest rates in the 90+ age group.[1-3]

Breast Cancer (C50), Average Number of Deaths per Year and Age-Specific Mortality Rates, Females, UK, 2012-2014

For most cancer types, mortality by age largely reflects incidence and survival by age, e.g. typically, higher incidence and lower survival in older people results in higher mortality in older people.

References

  1. Data were provided by the Office for National Statistics on request, November 2015. Similar data can be found here: https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/deaths/bulletins/deathsregistrationsummarytables/previousReleases.
  2. Data were provided by the Information Services Division (ISD) Scotland on request, November 2015. Similar data can be found here: http://www.nrscotland.gov.uk/statistics-and-data/statistics/statistics-by-theme/vital-events/vital-events-reference-tables.
  3. Data were provided by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency on request, November 2015.Similar data can be found here: http://www.nisra.gov.uk/demography/default.asp2.htm.
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Female breast cancer mortality rates have decreased by 32% in females in the UK since the early 1970s.[1-3] This includes a steady increase followed by a decrease during this time.

For females, European age standardised Open a glossary item (AS) mortality rates increased by 14% between 1971-1973 and 1987-1989 and have since decreased by 40% between 1987-1989 and 2012-2014.

Breast Cancer (C50), European Age-Standardised Mortality Rates, Females, UK, 1971-2014

For most cancer types, mortality trends largely reflect incidence and survival trends, e.g. increased incidence without sufficient survival improvement results in increased mortality.

Female breast cancer mortality rates decreased overall for most of the broad adult age groups in the UK since the early 1970s, but have increase overall in females aged 80+.[1-3] The largest decrease has been in females aged 25-49, rates falling by 55% between 1971-1973 and 2012-2014.

Breast Cancer (C50), European Age-Standardised Mortality Rates By Age, Females UK, 1971-2014

References

  1. Data were provided by the Office for National Statistics on request, November 2015. Similar data can be found here: https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/deaths/bulletins/deathsregistrationsummarytables/previousReleases.
  2. Data were provided by the Information Services Division (ISD) Scotland on request, November 2015. Similar data can be found here: http://www.nrscotland.gov.uk/statistics-and-data/statistics/statistics-by-theme/vital-events/vital-events-reference-tables.
  3. Data were provided by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency on request, November 2015. Similar data can be found here: http://www.nisra.gov.uk/demography/default.asp2.htm.
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Male breast cancer mortality is strongly related to age, with the highest mortality rates being in older males. In the UK in 2012-2014, on average each year around 6 in 10 (55%) deaths were in males aged 75 and over.[1-3]

Age-specific mortality rates rise steadily from around age 50-54 and more sharply from around age 80-84, with the highest rates in the 90+ age group.[1-3]

Breast Cancer (C50) Average Number of Deaths per Year and Age-Specific Mortality Rates, Males, UK, 2012-2014

For most cancer types, mortality by age largely reflects incidence and survival by age, e.g. typically, higher incidence and lower survival in older people results in higher mortality in older people.

Male breast cancer European Age-Standardised (AS) Open a glossary item mortality rates decreased by 39% between 1971-1973 and 2012-2014.

Over the last decade in the UK (between 2003-2005 and 2012-2014), breast cancer AS mortality rates in males have remained stable.[1-3]

Breast Cancer (C50), European Age-Standardised Mortality Rates, Males, UK, 1971-2014

For most cancer types, mortality trends largely reflect incidence and survival trends, e.g. increased incidence without sufficient survival improvement results in increased mortality.

Male breast cancer mortality rates have decreased overall in males aged between 60-69 and 70-79 in the UK since the early 1970s, but have remained stable in males aged between 0-24 and 50-59 and in those aged 80+.[1-3] The largest decrease has been in males aged 60-69, with mortality rates decreasing by 60% between 1971-1973 and 2012-2014.

Breast Cancer (C50), European Age-Standardised Mortality Rates, by Age, Males, UK, 1971-2014

References

  1. Data were provided by the Office for National Statistics on request, November 2015. Similar data can be found here: https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/deaths/bulletins/deathsregistrationsummarytables/previousReleases.
  2. Data were provided by the Information Services Division (ISD) Scotland on request, November 2015. Similar data can be found here: http://www.nrscotland.gov.uk/statistics-and-data/statistics/statistics-by-theme/vital-events/vital-events-reference-tables.
  3. Data were provided by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency on request, November 2015.Similar data can be found here: http://www.nisra.gov.uk/demography/default.asp2.htm.
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There is evidence for a small association between female breast cancer mortality and deprivation in England.[1] England-wide data for 2007-2011 show European age-standardised Open a glossary item mortality rates are 6% higher for females living in the most deprived areas compared with the least deprived.[1]

Breast Cancer (C50), European Age-Standardised Mortality Rates by Deprivation Quintile, Females, England, 2007-2011

The estimated deprivation gradient in breast cancer mortality between females living in the most and least deprived areas in England has not changed in the period 2002-2011. It has been estimated that there would have been around 350 fewer female breast cancer deaths each year in England during 2007-2011 if all females experienced the same mortality rates as the least deprived.[1]

There is no evidence for an association between breast cancer mortality and deprivation in males in England.[1] England-wide data for 2007-2011 show European age-standardised mortality rates are similar for males living in the most deprived areas compared with the least deprived.[1]

Breast Cancer (C50), European Age-Standardised Mortality Rates by Deprivation Quintile, Males, England, 2007-2011

The estimated deprivation gradient in breast cancer mortality between males living in the most and least deprived areas in England has not changed in the period 2002-2011.[1

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Breast cancer is the most common cause of cancer death in Europe for females, and the third most common cause of cancer death overall, with more than 131,000 deaths from breast cancer in 2012 (17% of female deaths and 7% of the total). In Europe (2012), the highest World age-standardised Open a glossary item mortality rates for breast cancer are in Macedonia; the lowest rates are in Estonia. UK breast cancer mortality rates are estimated to be the 14th highest in Europe.[1] These data are broadly in line with Europe-specific data available elsewhere.[2]

Breast cancer is the most common cause of cancer death worldwide for females, and the fifth most common cancer overall, with around 522,000 deaths from breast cancer in 2012 (15% of female deaths and 6% of the total). Breast cancer mortality rates are highest in Western Africa and lowest in Eastern Asia, but this partly reflects varying data quality worldwide.[1]

References

  1. Ferlay J, Soerjomataram I, Ervik M, et al. GLOBOCAN 2012 v1.0, Cancer Incidence and Mortality Worldwide: IARC CancerBase No. 11 [Internet]. Lyon, France: International Agency for Research on Cancer; 2013. Available from: http://globocan.iarc.fr, accessed December 2013.
  2. Ferlay J, Steliarova-Foucher E, Lortet-Tieulent J, et al.Cancer incidence and mortality patterns in Europe: Estimates for 40 countries in 2012. European Journal of Cancer (2013) 49, 1374-1403.
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